Slow Cooker Cranberry-Apple Country-Style Pork Ribs

Country Style Pork Ribs With Cranberries and Apples, Slow Cooker
Diana Rattray
  • 7 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
Ratings (4)

Boneless country-style ribs are teamed up with a sweet, fresh cranberry apple sauce and slow cooked to tender perfection. Serve these ribs with sweet potatoes and green beans for a delicious fall or winter meal. The sweet maple and brown sugar mixture flavors the pork nicely.

Serve these country-style ribs with hot cooked rice or noodles.

See Also
Home Style Barbecued Country Style Ribs
Oven Braised Country Style Pork Ribs with Apple Cider

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups cranberries (8 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock (or water)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (diced, about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 dash nutmeg (or mace)
  • 1 large onion, sliced (or 1-2 cups of frozen pearl onions)
  • 4 pounds boneless country style ribs
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

How to Make It

  1. In a saucepan, combine the cranberries, maple syrup, brown sugar, chicken stock or water, and apple. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the Dijon mustard, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  2. Arrange the onions in the bottom of the crockery insert of a 5 to 7-quart slow cooker.
  3. Put the country-style pork ribs on top of the onions and then spoon the cranberry sauce evenly over all. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or until the pork is tender.
  1. To thicken the sauce (optional), remove the pork to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm.
  2. Strain the liquids into a saucepan and skim off excess fat. Bring the liquids to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the liquids are reduced slightly and the flavors are more concentrated (condensation over a long slow cooking period tends to water down broth and other liquids).
  3. Combine the cornstarch with 1 to 2 tablespoons of cold water and mix until smooth. Stir into the liquids and continue cooking until thickened.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 315
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 528 mg
Sodium 149 mg
Carbohydrates 34 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 36 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)